Initial Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Developing Students' Data Skills

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Energy and the Environment
Friday, October 28th
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Thursday, October 13th

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Kim Kastens (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), Cynthia Fadem (Earlham College), and Peter Selkin (University of Washington–Tacoma)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Using authentic geoscience data in courses can help undergraduate students develop geoscientific reasoning skills, improve depth of understanding, enhance retention of content, and build skills useful across a wide range of professions. Developing data-rich activities is difficult and time consuming, but this webinar will highlight data-rich InTeGrate materials and discuss design templates to help guide development of your own data-rich activities. Kim Kastens will give an overview of why it is important to teach with authentic data. Then, Cynthia Fadem, an InTeGrate Climate of Change module author, will highlight two short, in-class data-rich activities that require relatively little time investment and preparation. Next, Peter Selkin, an InTeGrate Living on the Edge: Building Resilient Societies on Active Plate Margins module author, will discuss a data-rich volcano monitoring exercise that usually takes more than one class period. Finally, Kim Kastens will discuss curriculum design templates, developed from the InTeGrate materials, to help faculty consider ways to develop data-rich activities or how to assess others' activities. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged both to ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding developing students' data skills.


Participants in this webinar will acquire:

  • informed discernment of data-rich curriculum materials to adopt or adapt.
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials.
  • a community of colleagues engaged in this work.


Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration for this webinar is now closed

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Kim Kastens, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Cynthia Fadem, Geology, Earlham College

Peter Selkin, Science and Math, University of Washington–Tacoma


ITG webinar developing students data skills (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.9MB Oct13 16)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Why teach with data – Kim Kastens

3) InTeGrate Climate of Change Module data-rich activities with a low barrier to entry - Cynthia Fadem

4) Living on the Edge: Building Resilient Societies on Active Plate Margins – Peter Selkin

  • In-depth jigsaw activity: Mount Rainier eruption
  • Improvements in student content knowledge and confidence associated with data-rich activities

5) Design Templates for developing data-rich curriculum - Kim Kastens

  • Teaching and learning with data to frame own work and/or assess others' work

6) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: What topics are particularly important to teaching and learning with authentic data and why?

7) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about developing students' data skills, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

8) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

9) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 702.5MB Oct14 16).